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Peony ‘Karl Rosenfield’ | Plant Profile

Peony ‘Karl Rosenfield’ (Paeonia lactiflora) are fragrant, shrubby, clump forming, herbaceous perennials. They can grow to 3′ tall and equally as wide. Large bright red or magenta flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and give off a sweet aroma. The medium green leave are oval and may turn orange in the fall. ‘Karl Rosenfield’ foliage reduces to the ground after frosts.

‘Karl Rosenfield’ prefers fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade.

Peonies are commonly used in perennial borders along fences, structures, or pathways. ‘Karl Rosenfield’ are short peonies that are showy along sidewalks. The large flowers can be cut and displayed in fresh flower arrangements.


Peony 'Karl Rosenfield' Characteristics

'Karl Rosenfield' are popular and showy perennials. Young plants or new growth needs more water than established or fully grown plants. Individual plants have a short growing season, lasting only one to two weeks. To extend the blooming season, plant multiple varieties of peony together with slightly different blooming seasons. Deadhead spent flowers to improve the overall appearance of the plant. At the first heavy frost, cut the foliage to the ground as the plant will soon die back to the ground. The roots prefer a cold winter dormancy. Cover the roots with mulch in winter.

'Karl Rosenfield' are hardy perennials that are rarely disturbed by insects or disease. Powdery mildew and ants may be found on the leaves but are not harmful. The most common issue with peonies is lack of blooming. This may happen due to the bulbs being planted too deep or to shallow, too much shade, a late frost, or a plant that has recently been moved.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 8


2.50 - 3.00'
2.50 - 3.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?